In the town of San Juan Tepenáhuac, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Cándido Abad sits atop a maguey plant at the Centro de Educación Ambiental Tepenáhuac, an environmental-education center that he and 35 other property owners created to promote local biodiversity. Abad guides tours and shows visitors six varieties of maguey, a tall Mexican agave plant used to make pulque, a popular alcoholic drink, and other products.
On a banana plantation owned by Fred Kweyunga (not pictured) in Bugarika village in Uganda's Isingiro district, his nephews Martin Mwesigwa (center), 19, and Anthony Atuheire, 18, slaughter a goat as Kweyunga's granddaughter Clara Bateeta, 10, watches. The goat was later roasted for the family's evening meal.
Elephant rides are one of the safest ways to get around Nepal's Chitwan National Park and observe wild animals up close. This site, in the south-central region, is the nation's first protected national park.
Joshua Kasereka (foreground), 22, joins others of the Nande community in Democratic Republic of Congo in hunting for grasshoppers, which they later will sell or cook and eat with fufu, a staple food made from cassava flour. According to local tradition, grasshoppers come from the goddess Nyabahasa, who frees them periodically – generally in November and December – to create joy in families.
Micaela Vázquez Ton, 38, and her daughter Teresa Martínez Vázquez, 14, carry water in clay pots from a nearby well in Chilil, a community in Chiapas, Mexico. The well is a public resource for the whole community, and families turn to it during the dry season or when the water pipes are not working and local springs don’t have enough water to go around.
Neighbors German Guzmán, 34, (left) and Pedro Ceto, 32, of Vicalama, Nebaj, in Guatemala’s Quiché department harvest and bag their corn to store for their families’ consumption throughout the year. Corn is a main source of carbohydrates for the families of this region.
Naurata Dhungana (left), 32, and Harikala Rawal, 45, thresh rice, separating grain from stalks, by beating it against a bench. They’re working in Satti, a community in Nepal’s Kailali district, over 600 kilometers (over 400 miles) from Kathmandu, the capital. The rice, planted in July, is stored as a yearlong staple to last until the next harvest in October or November.
S.M. Kanthi, 40, lays fish out to dry in the sun at the Main Fish Market in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Kanthi, who has done this job for five years, is paid 400 Sri Lankan rupees ($2.60) per barrel of fish. The job requires turning the fish over after several hours, protecting the fish from rain with a plastic sheet and loading them into baskets when they are fully dried.
Eduardo Yaxón, 25, works on his agro-ecological farm, called “El Buen Vivir,” or “The Good Life,” in the village of Chaquijyá in Guatemala’s Sololá department, where he uses ecological techniques to conserve native plants and promote biodiversity in the area. One such technique is called alcochado, in which a layer of dried grass covers the soil to reduce evaporation during the dry seasons when this community doesn’t have enough water for Yaxón to irrigate his land.
Jacinto Terraza, 42, tends to about 40 goats at Centro de Producción Caprina del Altiplano, or Ceprocal, a goat production center in Nebaj, a municipality in Guatemala’s Quiché department. The goats’ milk production will contribute to increased food security and better nutrition, especially for children under two in the area.
Lucia Matom, 27, pulls weeds and clears a ditch in Buenos Aires, a village in the western municipality of San Juan Cotzal, Guatemala. Every two months, Matom and other residents of this mountainous region work together to clear this thoroughfare.
Busisiwe Sibanda prunes trees in her employer’s yard in Eloana, an area in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Sibanda cleans, cooks, washes, irons and maintains her employer’s garden to provide for herself and four children who live in rural areas outside the city.
In the Benito Juárez delegation of Mexico City, a police officer checks the barricade tape around a store damaged during the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck on Sept. 19. The building has been cordoned off because it’s at risk of collapsing.
Following a 7.1-magnitude Sept. 19 earthquake in central Mexico, residents like Lorena Álvarez, 39, of San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, are forced to rely on water from tankers to meet basic needs until repairs can be made. Her neighborhood, which is still without basic infrastructure, is on the southern extreme of the Mexico City metropolitan area. The quake, one of a series in Mexico, damaged the hydraulic infrastructure that supplies this community. Tankers from the Mexican military and other aid groups arrived three days after the temblor to supply emergency stores of clean water.
On an 82-foot pole, four men prepare for the ritual ceremony of the “Voladores,” or “Flying Men.” Attached to ropes, they are spun around the mast as they’re lowered to the ground, while a fifth man at the top plays the flute and drum in Mexico City’s oldest urban park, Bosque de Chapultepec. The ritual originated in what is now Veracruz, Mexico, more than 2,600 years ago and was intended to petition the gods for sun and rain to fertilize the earth.
Community development council members (from left) Juan Brito, 38; Francisco López, 23; José Bernal, 45; and Celestino Marcos, 56, put together a risk reduction map for the Sumal Grande community, in the Nebaj municipality of Guatemala’s Quiché department. The map identifies vulnerable areas within the community and will help it mitigate the effects of a natural disaster.
Dozens of people rushed to the site of a collapsed building in Mexico City to search for survivors after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon. Luis Felipe Puente, head of the civil defense agency, said Wednesday via Twitter that 223 people have been confirmed dead, including 93 people in the capital city. At least 30 buildings in Mexico City collapsed in the temblor, according to the city's press office.
Dharmapala Ralahami, a volunteer with the Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka, holds a “wanda,” or praying mantis, that he found while working with a group to remove invasive plants from threatened rainforest near the Melawatte temple in Sri Lanka’s Rakwana mountain range. In the Sinhala language, wanda means “one who worships.”
Iván Mendoza, 28, rides with his daughter Melanie (center), 3, and his niece Karina, 9, on an artificial lake in Bosque de Chapultepec, the largest and most iconic urban park in Mexico City. On weekends, hundreds of families come to this park, where boating and face painting are part of the experience.
A member of Langata Tegemeo, a community-based garbage cleanup organization in Southlands Kijijini, a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, sorts through trash. The group offers garbage collection services to help deal with littering and dumping.
Farmers harvest paddy seeds from their land in Gulariya, a municipality in Nepal’s Bardiya district. During the off-season, the seeds are sold to farmers in the Terai lowlands, where rice is the main crop.